Monday, January 23, 2023

Perijove 11: Passing Jupiter

NASA's robotic spacecraft Juno is continuing on its highly-elongated orbits around our Solar System's largest planet. This video is from perijove 11 in early 2018, the eleventh time Juno has passed near Jupiter since it arrived in mid-2016. This time-lapse, colour-enhanced movie covers about four hours and morphs between 36 JunoCam images.

The video begins with Jupiter rising as Juno approaches from the north. As Juno reaches its closest view, from about 3,500 kilometers over Jupiter's cloud tops, the spacecraft captures the great planet in tremendous detail. Juno passes light zones and dark belts of cloud that circle the planet, as well as numerous swirling circular storms, many of which are larger than hurricanes on Earth.

After the perijove, Jupiter recedes into the distance, then displaying the unusual clouds that appear over Jupiter's south. To get desired science data, Juno swoops so close to Jupiter that its instruments are exposed to very high levels of radiation.

Video Credit: License: NASA, Juno, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstadt.

Music: Beautiful Mind by All Good Folks

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